I just voted to close a question as a duplicate, and it got immediately closed.

How?? Why?? Should I use these powers for good, or for evil?

Is the "set" of all algebraic extensions a set?


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    $\begingroup$ It was inevitable. $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy May 13 '14 at 6:18
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    $\begingroup$ Fr the universe recognizes my awesome internet powers? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 13 '14 at 6:19
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    $\begingroup$ You were probably bitten by a radioactive spider. Because science. $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker May 13 '14 at 6:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Alex: Impossible. But I was recently chosen as a herald of Galactus. I suppose that would explain this issue. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 13 '14 at 6:24
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    $\begingroup$ Congrats, Asaf, on your new superpowers. $\endgroup$ – Joel Reyes Noche May 13 '14 at 13:26
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    $\begingroup$ Best meta thread title ever. Power overwhelming! $\endgroup$ – Viktor Vaughn May 13 '14 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ And... it appears you noticed this before we moderators were notified. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong May 14 '14 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ You should try it for some evil =) $\endgroup$ – Sawarnik May 17 '14 at 18:57
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    $\begingroup$ May the forth be with you $\endgroup$ – Norbert May 24 '14 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Norbert: May the twenty fourth be with you. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 24 '14 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ @WillieWong The link is broken now that the mod newsletter has been moved to modnewsletter.stackexchange.com (to free up the URL for Moderators.SE). $\endgroup$ – user147263 Jul 29 '14 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ Frightening the first time it happens $\endgroup$ – Henry Feb 10 '15 at 12:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Henry: Plenty of superhero comics have dealt with the initial shock of having superpowers. It's nothing new! :-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Feb 10 '15 at 12:40

This is a new feature, users with a gold badge in one of the original tags of the question can close as duplicate with a single vote. The rationale being that a user that answered that many questions in this tag is likely to know very well all the possible duplicate targets. This also goes for reopening, so you are also able to reverse bad duplicate closures in that tag with a single click.

The answer from Shog on this topic on MSO:

Yes, you are now a Superhero, able to wield the mighty Mjölnir.

The rules are:

  • You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for.
  • You can instantly reopen any question closed as a duplicate that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for.
  • You can only close or reopen a given question once (this hasn't changed).
  • If you get in a fight with someone over whether a question should be closed, moderators will be notified and they'll hit everyone with hammers lock everything down and tell you to go home.

Remember: duplicates are questions that ask for a solution to fundamentally identical problems - many questions have similar or identical answers but are not duplicates. By the same token, many questions are asked using very different wordings but seek to solve identical questions - closing these helps folks find their way to a solution even when they don't know what terms to search for.


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    $\begingroup$ With great power comes great responsibility -Stan Lee $\tag*{}$ Absolute power corrupts absolutely -John Dalberg-Acton $\tag*{}$ Take your pick $\endgroup$ – robjohn May 13 '14 at 6:09
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    $\begingroup$ uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/HowTo:Get_Super_Powers $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy May 13 '14 at 6:13
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    $\begingroup$ @robjohn: I choose the third option: I HAVE THE POWEEEERRRR!!! ~He-Man. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 13 '14 at 6:18
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila: See also. --Me, man! $\endgroup$ – Blue May 13 '14 at 6:25
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    $\begingroup$ @robjohn Glad you left "Kneel before Zod" off the list! $\endgroup$ – rschwieb May 14 '14 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ @rschwieb: I don't think that anyone here is the son of Jor El, so... $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila May 17 '14 at 9:06
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    $\begingroup$ @robjohn So corruption is the ultimate responsibility! Explains the US Congress... $\endgroup$ – Emily May 19 '14 at 18:02

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